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What are you using for your social media calendar?

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social media calendar

We can all take inspiration from holidays and festivals when creating social media content, but finding out what's coming up can be a pain. The folks at Twitter have created this handy PDF social media calendar.

What do you use?

Paper by @Dropbox looks pretty awesome

Paper supports all phases of the creative process – from start to finish

A connected space to create and ideate together

Collaborative by default

Comments feel like conversations and attributions help people keep track of who contributed the perfect line, mood board or code snippet.

A flexible workspace

However you think – in words, code, pictures or motion – Paper brings it all together in one place.

Work on the go

Capture inspiration wherever it hits and keep projects moving forwards from anywhere with the Paper app. 

Simple by design

We've designed Paper so that your work looks good without extra formatting, and we've stripped out unnecessary features so you can focus on your work.

A new home for Material Design

Material Design’s new suite of tools and open source projects help make product design more productive and inspiring.

Design is the art of continuous problem solving—an active cycle of investigating and validating needs, crafting and developing ideas, and creating solutions. Over the course of its life, a digital product is shaped by many hands. The effects of this collaboration can be seen in the quality of a product’s identity and implementation, as well as in the strength of the community it builds.

We created Material Design as a metaphor to rationalize design and implementation, establishing a shared language to help teams unite style, branding, interaction, and motion under a cohesive set of principles.

We believe a better design process yields better products, which is why we’re expanding Material to be a system that supports the principles of good design and strengthens communication and productivity with new tools and inspiration. We hope these resources will help teams realize their greatest design potential, and we’re eager to see the results.

Material icons are beautifully crafted, delightful, and easy to use in your web, Android, and iOS projects. Learn more about material design and our process for making these icons in the system icons section of the material design guidelines.

10 Video and graphic creator tools

Great selection, but these look like good options:

Promo by slidely

Promo gives you quality video clips, licensed music and a built-in text editor so you can create stunning video content easily.

Canva

Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.

BeFunky

BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker.

via Muzli design inspiration:

The Stamos Fizz

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Stamos Fizz

I subscribe to the Death to Stock newsletter which sends free photos by email every month. They are "a photo & inspiration haven for creatives crushing their path." This is a repost of their recent newsletter which included the recipe for the 'Stamos Fizz' cocktail. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz — Tattersall Orange Crema
  • 0.5 oz — Tattersall Barrel Aged Gin
  • 0.5 oz — Simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz — Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 – Egg white

Method

  • Shake ingredients together then discard ice and mime shake.
  • Serve in Collins glass / top with sparkling water.

If you like the look of that cocktail you should definitely watch the video below:

On our first stop we joined head bartender at Tattersall Distilling in Minneapolis, Tim Leary, as he showed us how to make the perfect “Stamos Fizz.”

 

YOURLS: Your Own URL Shortener

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[For an overview of what URL Shorteners are and why you should use them, please read my article: URL Shorteners]

YOURLS is a service that you install on your web host for a specific domain that will give you your own URL Shortening service.

I'm going to make some assumptions: You already have a domain name and a web hosting plan.
If you don't have either try 1and1 (affiliate link) for domains and hosting. This blog is hosted with them.
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1. Buy a domain name
2. Buy hosting
3. Configure host
4. Install YORLS
5. You're done.

Ok, so that wasn't much help! If you need domain name inspiration try domai.nr which will show a multitude of domain extensions for your chosen name or phrase. Remember, you want a short domain e.g. CT1.me, so don't be afraid to buy any top level domain name e.g. .im .es .ly .it .eu etc.
Once you find your perfect domain, don't be afraid to shop around for the best price.

Your hosting plan will need PHP and MYSQL support - this need not be expensive but check before you buy!
Installing YOURLS is easy, but make sure you read all the instructions before starting.
Download YOURLS to your computer and follow these steps:

  1. Unzip the YOURLS archive
  2. Copy includes/config-sample.php to user/config.php
  3. Open user/config.php with a raw text editor (like Notepad) and fill in the required settings
  4. Upload the unzipped files to your domain public_html or www folder
  5. Create a new database (see Configuration – you can also use an existing one)
  6. Point your browser to http://yoursite.com/admin/
  7. Follow the onscreen instructions - there isn't many.

Now that you are all up and running you can use your own domain name to track click throughs on links you share on twitter and facebook (or anywhere else).
I chose to use ct1.me only as a URL shortener, so I've got a html redirect pointing to ichristaylor.com, but you could equally create your shortener at yourdomain.com/s/ or s.yourdomain.com.